NMB to host archery event for students

NMB to host archery event for students

North Myrtle Beach, SC (News Release) – The city of North Myrtle Beach will host the 2015 National Archery in Schools Program® (NASP) South Carolina Regional Tournament February 6-7 at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center, Possum Trot Road.

Over 500 archers and more than 1,000 spectators are expected for the event. This will be the first archery tournament to be held in North Myrtle Beach.

The admission fee for spectators is $3 for adults and $1 for kids.

The National Archery in the Schools Program® (NASP) is a joint venture between state departments of Education and Wildlife. In South Carolina, the program is administered thgough the Department of Natural Resources. Archery equipment manufactures and organizations are partners in the program.

The NASP promotes student education, physical education and participation in the life-long sport of archery. The program's focus is to provide international style target archery training in physical education classes grades 4-12. The South Carolina program has been modified in some schools to accommodate agricultural classes, in-school outdoors clubs, and special education classes.

Students who participate in the SC NASP shoot at bulls-eye targets placed before an arrow resistant net in their gymnasium. The program also involves archery history, and physical, emotional and safety strategies. Through archery students learn focus, self-control, discipline, patience and other lessons that help them to be successful in the classroom and in life.

Physical education teachers are trained to administer the course during a free eight-hour Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) course. The course content includes range set up and safety, string bow training aids, the eleven steps to archery success, coaching techniques, equipment nomenclature, inspection, operation, maintenance and repair.

In a survey conducted by Responsive Management, teachers said:

• NASP improves student self-confidence (84%)

• NASP improves student motivation (78%)

• NASP improves student behavior (73%)

• NASP improves student attitudes (74%)

• NASP improves student focus (66%)

• NASP improves teacher/student relationship (70%)

• NASP improves student performance in PE (43%)

• NASP improves student learning skills (43%)

Safety is the NASP's top priority. No accidents have been recorded since the beginning of the program in 2002.

For more information contact Superintendent of Recreation & Sports Tourism Matt Gibbons at (843) 280-5574.